Jun 192016
 June 19, 2016
Care By Design Prepares To Resume Operations

Early Wednesday morning the Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed by the Santa Rosa Police Department and the DEA (Federal Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, payroll taxes and financial paperwork, and detained Dennis Franklin Hunter, a founding patient-member of CBD Guild. Initially, the court set Dennis’ bail at $5 million dollars. However, he was released within 48 hours and no charges have been filed at this time. Employees were granted re-entry to the facilities this morning, where an all-employee meeting was held. Nick

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Jun 172016
 June 17, 2016
LA Cannabis Task Force Calls for Nine Proposals To Reform Los Angeles Cannabis Industry

Today, the Los Angeles City Council Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations, and Neighborhoods Committee heard public comments on Motion 14-0366-S5 for a proposed March 2017 ballot initiative to reform Proposition D. The Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, a coalition of cannabis operators dedicated to the creation of a fair and vibrant cannabis industry that ensures a safe, lawful, and responsible climate for every entrepreneur, patient, and citizen of Los Angeles, issued a letter to Council and attended today’s meeting to recommend common-sense proposals to create a transparent and responsible local licensing process. The following can be attributed to Ariel Clark, a

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Jun 172016
 June 17, 2016
Leading California Medical Marijuana Oil Maker Busted

By Phillip Smith Police, including DEA agents, raided five properties associated with a well-known medical marijuana products manufacturer in Northern California’s Sonoma County Wednesday morning, detaining at least nine people and arresting one on suspicion of felony drug manufacture for his role in cannabis oil production. Although medical marijuana has been legal in the state since voters approved it two decades ago, it was only last year that the legislature moved to bring state-wide regulation to the rapidly growing industry, and that won’t actually happen until 2018. In the meantime, medical marijuana businesses are operating in a sphere of unsettled

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Jun 162016
 June 16, 2016
Senate Appropriators Vote To Open Banking For Marijuana Businesses

A U.S. Senate committee voted today in support of opening up banking services to state-legal marijuana businesses. By a vote of 16-14, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, forbidding the use of federal funds to penalize financial institutions that serve marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The amendment was offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). “For the second year in a row, the Senate’s budget writers have voted to address the banking crisis facing our industry,” said National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith. “Access to basic banking

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Jun 162016
 June 16, 2016
KIND Financial And Microsoft Targeting Government Marijuana Contracts

KIND Financial, the leader in technology for cannabis compliance, today announced the launch of KIND Government Solutions with Microsoft Corp. to acquire government-facing contracts for seed to sale tracking. Microsoft selected KIND to participate in its newly created Microsoft Health and Human Services Pod for Managed Service Providers. The goal of this relationship is to leverage each company’s resources to provide State, County, and Municipalities with purpose built solutions for track and trace (‘seed to sale’ in the cannabis industry) technology. Matt D. Cook, Colorado’s former Senior Leader of Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division and author of Colorado’s groundbreaking medical

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Jun 162016
 June 16, 2016
Update On The Care By Design Raid

On the morning of June 15th Law Enforcement Officials raided six facilities associated with Care By Design (CBD), a provider of high quality and desirable cannabis medicines that thousands of patients depend on across the State. The enforcement comes just days after the company hosted local and State public officials and regulators to walk through their new state of the art facilities to discuss regulations for the emerging industry resulting from the newly passed Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act passed by the California legislature last fall. The multi-agency raid on these facilities comes at a time when cannabis growers

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Jun 152016
 June 15, 2016
Prominent Cannabis Company Operating In Full Compliance With California State Law Raided Today

Early this morning the Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed by local law enforcement and the DEA (Federal Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, and financial paperwork. Care By Design produces an array of medical marijuana products for thousands of patients in California, including patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD and other intractable medical conditions. Care By Design products are CBD-centric. CBD is therapeutically beneficial compound that does not get people high, and can counteract the intoxicating effects of THC. Care

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Jun 142016
 June 14, 2016
OLCC Approves Cannabis Tracking System 3rd Party Software Providers

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Metrc (TM) have approved four software solution providers whose products are compatible for integration with the Oregon Recreational Marijuana Program Cannabis Tracking System (CTS). These products will allow OLCC recreational marijuana licensees to electronically transmit inventory and sales data into the CTS, a time-saving step that eliminates the need for additional updating by manual data entry. The approved companies include: OMMPOS of Astoria, OR, Flowhub of Denver, CO, Greenbits of Portland, OR and Odava of Portland, OR. The four companies currently have clients using their software solutions in Oregon‘s medical marijuana system. Software solution providers

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Jun 142016
 June 14, 2016
Portland's Marijuana Oversight Team Is Meeting Tonight

As I have stated several times before, Portland, Oregon is home to one of the best marijuana communities on the planet. Despite cannabis being legalized, there is still a lot of work to be done in Portland to improve marijuana laws. One thing in particular that needs to be fixed is allowing cannabis clubs. Below is a message from Portland NORML. There is an important meeting tonight. If you are in the area I suggest you come check it out. Please be respectful: The City of Portland’s Marijuana Oversight Team is meeting Tuesday, June 14th from 6:00 – 8:00pm in

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Jun 122016
 June 12, 2016
June 22: Minority Cannabis Business Association Networking Rally In Oakland, CA

This last weekend there was a networking rally for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) in Portland, Oregon. I know many people that attended, and I heard nothing but good things. Another MCBA event is happening this month, this next time in Oakland. Below is more information, via the event’s Facebook page: Join MCBA and local cannabis leaders in historic Oakland, CA for a Networkwing Rally. This event is for anyone who’s interested in learning more about the cannabis industry. Event topics and speakers include: — Cannabis business ownership & inspiration — State of the Northern California cannabis market —

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